After I scanned through several entertainment posts related to Cambodia in KhmerBird blog, I’ve started to realize that I have missed something nice!
On my way back from Paris, I was put on Air France that has a direct flight from Phnom Penh to Paris with a short stop-over in Bangkok.
On the plane, they had a small audio-visual device for us passengers to watch a list of nice movies through.
I spent hours watching some Hollywood and Indian (Tamil) movies instead of this movie.
1. We can’t change the world, but we wanna build a school in Cambodia
is a 2011 Japanese film directed by Kenta Fukasaku (wikpedia) and made out of a real story about a medical student called Kota who tried to find meaning in his existence by volunteering in a poor Southeast Asian country (Cambodia).
He later wrote a book based on his personal experiences which became an Internet sensation and was later made into this beautifully hit film!
Noteworthy as it is, many tourists come to this country and fall in love with it only to find their heart broken by the harsh reality that unfolds as they spend more time here.
Later Kota finds no more meaning in collecting money so he and his friends take the matter into their own hands, travel to Cambodia and encounter a once-in-a-lifetime situation.
Japan and Cambodia are totally a far cry from each other. Children in Japan can have every meal but in Cambodia many school kids miss breakfast before school.
I dare say that this film makes a substantive point about volunteerism, education system and the fact that we are short of school buildings and above all else, good teachers.
2. The City of Angkor — 1296AD
When I first watched this on Khmerbird blog, I was in awe. That’s because I never dared to dream that somebody somewhere cared to discover the very old history of Cambodia.
The City of Angkor – 1296AD took 3 years to complete and was run by Monash University for a National Geographic magazine and website special on Cambodia.